HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Matt Cooper may have lost his streak of 17-innings pitched without giving up a run, but Hawaii didn't lose the game. Hawaii earned a 6-4 win over UC Santa Barbara Saturday night, improving their record to 7-17, 2-1 in Big West play.
Cooper entered the night without surrendering a run in 16.2 innings pitched, but with runners on first and second and one out in the first inning, UCSB's Robby Nesovic doubled down the left field line to score Luke Swenson and giving the Goucho's a 1-0 lead. On the night, Cooper worked 7 innings, scattering five hits, striking out eight batters and allowing four runs.
The game was knotted at four apiece heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, until Connor George drove in a pair of runs with a double to right field that allowed Marc Flores and Kaeo Aliviado to score, giving UH a 6-4 lead.
Hawaii pitcher Jon Flinn relieved Lawerence Chew in the 8th, and picked up the win (1-2) after working 1.1 innings and allowing no runs and not hits.
The Bow's lead the series 2-1 and will host the Goucho's Sunday in a non-conference affair. First pitch is set for 1pm Hawaii time.